RRB NTPC SAMPLE PAPER - GENERAL ENGLISH - 121
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the
questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to
locate them while answering some of the questions.
The yearly festival was close at hand. The store room was
packed with silk fabrics, gold ornaments, clay bowls full of sweet curd and
platefuls of sweetness. The orders had been placed with shops well in advance.
The mother was sending out gifts to everyone.
The eldest son, a government servant, lived with his wife and children in far
off lands. The second son had left home at an early age. As a merchant he
travelled at over the world. The other sons had split up over petty squabbles
and they now lived in home of their own. The relatives were spread all across
the world. They rarely visited. The youngest son, left in the company of a
servant, was soon bored left her and stood at the door all day long, waiting and
watching. His mother, thrilled and excited, loaded the presents on trays and
plates, covered them with colourful kerchiefs, and sent them off with maids and
servants. The neightbours looked on.
The day came to an end. All the presents had been sent off.
The child came back into the house and dejectedly said to his mother, “Maa, you
gave a present to everyone, but you didn’t give me anything !”
His mother launghed, “I have given all the gifts away to everyone, now see
what’s left for you.” She kissed him on the forehead.
The child said in a tearful voice, “Don’t I get a gift ?”
“You’ll get it when you go far away.”
“But when I am close to you, don’t I get something from your own hands ?”
His mother reached out her arms and drew him to her, “This is all I have in my
own hands. It is the most precious of all.”
1. Why did the woman’s second son travel ?
(a) He was restless by nature
(b) He did not want to stay at home
(c) He was rich and could afford to travel
(d) His job was such that he had to travel
2. Why did the woman’s eldest son not attend the festival ?
(a) He was not on good terms with his youngest brother who lived
(b) He had quarrelled with his mother
(c) His wife did not allow him to return home
(d) His job prevented him from taking leave
3. How did the woman prepare for the festival?
(A) She bought expensive gifts for her children and neighbours
(B) She ordered her servants to prepare sweets and food well in advance
(C) She made sure that her youngest child was looked after so that he wouldn’t
(b) Only (a)
(c) Only (b)
(d) (a) and (b)
4. What did the youngest child do while his mother was busy ?
(A) He waited for a chance to steal some sweetmeats
(B) He presented his mother to give him a present.
(C) He stood at the door with the servants
(a) Only (a)
(b) Only (b)
(c) (a) and (c)
(d) only (c)
5. Which of the following can be said about the woman ?
(a) She was a widow who had brought up her children single
(b) She was not a good mother since her children had left home at an early age
(c) She enjoyed sending her family gifts at festival time
(d) She gave expensive presents to show that she was wealthy
1. (d) 2. (d) 3. (a) 4. (d) 5. (d)